In order to understand the history of the Spiritan Province of Tanzania, one has to go back to the beginning of the then East Africa Foundation that later on became the East Africa Province in February 1989.
The foundations of the Province were laid by the Superiors of the Districts in East Africa, namely, Kenya, Kilimanjaro and Bagamoyo, who worked in collaboration with the General Council. The birth of the East African Foundation was a resolution arrived at, the East African districts’ chapter that was held in Moshi between July 21 and July 23, 1970. The chapter was characterized by a frenzied debate on whether to accept African candidates or not. At the end, decision was arrived at after an exercise of secret ballot voting that saw the side that supported the acceptance of African candidates emerge the winners with 18 votes and the contrary side settled with 16 votes.The resolution was that the African candidates were to be accepted and that a province/ vice province of East Africa would be created.